Processor Banana Date Bread
Serves 10, Prep 15 mins, Cook 1 hour, 15 mins
1 cup pitted dates 1 cup boiling water 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda 2 large ripe bananas
(500g), peeled 2 cups self-raising flour ½ cup plain flour ½ cup caster sugar 2 eggs 125g unsalted butter, melted Butter, to serve (optional)
1 Grease and line a large, straight-sided loaf pan (11.5cm x 20cm x 9cm deep) with baking paper. 2 Place dates in a medium heatproof bowl. Cover with boiling water. Stand for 10 minutes. Stir in soda. 3 Place date mixture and bananas in a food processor. Process until combined. Add flours, sugar, eggs and butter. Process until smooth. Pour into prepared pan. 4 Cook in a moderate oven (180C) for about 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre of bread comes out clean. Cover with foil towards end of cooking if over-browning. 5 Remove from oven. Stand bread in pan for 15 minutes. Turn out onto a wire rack. 6 Serve warm or cold, cut into slices with butter.
TIP For best flavour buy overripe bananas. Allow to ripen further at room temperature.